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Revista mexicana de sociología

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CASTELLS I TALENS, Antoni. "It all depends on how you say things": Malleability in indigenous media policies. Rev. Mex. Sociol [online]. 2011, vol.73, n.2, pp.297-328. ISSN 2594-0651.

Since 1979, the Mexican state has set up a network of 20 radio stations in indigenous languages. For three decades, although the objectives of indigenist radio stations have followed government guidelines, each station has managed to negotiate policies. Through the analysis of primary official documents, in-depth interviews with key actors and direct observation in six indigenist radio stations, this text suggests that although the state attempts to build citizenship among indigenous people through broadcasting, it distrusts its own radio stations. Radio stations have used their affiliation with the state to defend themselves from local attempts to co-opt them but also to adapt rules for their own benefit.

Keywords : indigenism; state formation; indigenous media; radio; indigenous peoples; Mexico.

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